Emerald Lake Park
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This beautiful parkland area is situated high in Mt Dandenong.

The park is unique in the fact that the world famous Puffing Billy steam train rides through the centre of it.

The Park provides an amazing array of picnic and recreational facilities for all ages.

No matter what time of the year you visit, the scenery is always incredible.

The 2 seasons that I love to visit the park in are Spring and Autumn.

In spring the azaleas and rhododendrons are in full bloom and in Autumn the deciduous trees lose their leaves and the shedding makes for a dream for anyone who loves to take photographs

Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times in Emerald Lake Park and of course when walking your animal, be courteous to others and make sure that you clean up and dispose of any doggie do-do’s. 

Scattered throughout the lake park grounds you will find plenty of public areas set up to make your visit a memorable experience. Plenty of seating to rest and just take in the splendour.


Emerald lake with paddle boats in Victoria - Australia compliments of https://flic.kr/p/6C83USEmerald lake with paddle boats in Victoria - Australia compliments of https://flic.kr/p/6C83US

The Emerald Lake Park Facilities

Picnic Shelters

You are able to book from a selection of 5 picnic shelters for that special occasion.

  • The Lion's Den is the largest and accommodates up to 100 people. Situated close to the Model Railway with access to the toilets and the free to use barbecues. You are also able to park next to the shelter.
  • The Messmate is the 2nd largest with space for 60 people and 2 free to use barbecues, located next to the Puffing Billy Railway line and you are able to park close by.
  • The Boatshed is located central in the Emerald Lake Park grounds and all facilities can be accessed easily. Accommodates up to 40 people.
  • The Poolside Shelter is located above the wading pool, near the children's playground and accommodates up to 40 people.
  • The Lakeside Shelter has views of the lake and is nestled amongst the trees and is suitable for up to 40 people. Situated close to the wading pool and children's playground.

Why not book a children's party, a family re-union, an anniversary celebration or any other special occasion.

For all shelter booking details phone 1300 131 683

Cafe and Tea Rooms

This magnificent bushland setting is the perfect backdrop for a;

  • Refreshing Snack
  • Deavonshire Tea
  • A Hot Meal
  • An Espresso
  • An Alfresco Meal

Combine a babbling brook, the birdsongs of Australia's diverse native birds and the laughter of friends and family and you have a memeorable everlasting experience.

The hours these park facilities are open are 9:00am --- 4:30pm or phone (03) 5968 5113

The Barbecues At The Lake

Free to use electric barbecues are scattered throughout the Emerald Lake Park grounds.

Take in the tranquil views of Lake Treanowan and the beautiful surrounds.

Watch as Puffing Billy whistles its way through the trees, watch the steam rise above the tree tops as the little train happily makes its way to the Lakeside Train Station.


Lakeside railway station down end
Lakeside Railway Station By Beau Wade (originally posted to Flickr as Water Tower) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Fresh water is available at each barbecue. 
  • These BBQ's are cleaned daily but please remove all rubbish and leave the cook tops as clean as possible,(newspaper or paper towel does the job well). 

Fishing At The Lake

Cook your catch right here and now!

Cook your freshly caught trout, seasoned and cooked to perfection on one of the outdoor BBQ's, served with a fresh salad mix and toasted garlic bread.

Fly fishing compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/splatt/320309110/Fly fishing compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/splatt/320309110/

In Emerald Lake Park, the Lake Treganowan is stocked regularly with healthy Rainbow Trout. These you can fish for freely from the banks of the lake. Cooking your catch on one of the free to use BBQ's has to be a great way of planning a picnic adventure, cheap family fun at its best

Note Victorian Recreational Fishing Licenses apply.

Visit this link for details - Victorian Fishing Licence

** Please bring your own bait as there is no digging allowed on the park grounds**

Playgrounds At The lake

In Emerald Lake Park there are two fantastic playgrounds. Both are located near the poolside shelter.

A) There is a Kid's playground, safe and well maintained

B) The unique Senior's playground. This has a wide variety of outdoor gym equipment. There are 8 different work stations for that complete exercise experience.

Emerald Lake Park Senior's PlaygroundEmerald Lake Park Senior's Playground

The Lakes Model Railway Museum

The Emerald Lake Park Model Railway boasts as being the largest working HO scale model in the southern hemisphere. There is a huge viewing and interactive display.

  • A small entry fee is required and the hours open are;
  • Tuesday---Sunday, 11:00am-4:00pm
  • Mondays, closed (except school and public holidays)
  • For any more details phone...(03)5968 345

The Lakeside Paddleboats

Paddle boats are so much fun. They can be hired on the south side of the Park Lake. This is great fun sitting in the two seating little paddleboat. Why not gather friends and family together and have a great race. Turn it into a yearly get-together, a great way to build memories.

Contact ... (03)5968 5095 to ensure that they are operating and for all price details.

Paddle boats on Lake Treganowan in the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria - AustraliaPaddle boats on Lake Treganowan in the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria - Australia

The Lakeside Wading Pool

Lake Treganowan Wading Pool is a free pool open to the public during summer and is situated right on the edge of the lake , the views are spectacular.

Open in December between 11:30-6:00pm, the perfect place to cool down on one of Melbourne's hot, hot days.

Phone 1300 131 683 to check when the pool is open.

Puffing Billy Railway-Lakeside Railway Station

The narrow gauge steam train, the famous Puffing Billy, pulls into the Emerald Lake Park Station. Watching the little train weave its way through the trees on top of the hillside is always a great sight to see.

For camera enthusiasts, this is a great view to capture. If you are riding the train, you can hop off here and enjoy the parkground or continue your ride further on up the track. The train travels 25kms through the forest and lush fern gullies of the magnificent Dandenong Ranges from Belgrave to the Lakeside station.

From here you can continue your journey onto Gembrook, another beautiful little quaint mountain township.

For a Puffing Billy time table visit - The Puffing Billy Site or Phone (03)9754 6800

Why not indulge yourself and book a trip into the Dandenongs on the heritage train, The Puffing Billy. Allow my travel partner Viator pamper you with a convenient and comfortable and professionally guided tour. Take in all that the Dandenong Ranges, the Yarra Valley and H the amazing Healesville Sanctuary have to offer.

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Viator Coach Day Tour Puffing Billy

COMFORTABLE COACH TOURING

Another way of accessing the Puffing Billy railway is enjoying the exciting Coach Day Tour. Just sit back and enjoy being pampered. Everything is done, all you have to do is enjoy the experience.

Experience Australia's world renowned steam train, Puffing Billy as it winds its way through lush ferns and towering timbers. 

Beyond the mountains discover Victoria's wine region, offering the very best in wine and cuisine. 

Settled snug in the foothills of the Dandenongs is the Healesville Sanctuary where you can stroll amongst koalas, kangaroos, platypus, kookaburras, dingos and more.

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Walk many of the bushland trails and enjoy nature at its best all seasons. View the rainforest, make a wish at the wishing well. Sit by the pretty little streams and perhaps if you are very still you may see the unique Duckbill Platypus.

Fly a kite on the open lawns, throw a Frisbee or just lie on your picnic blanket and watch the clouds float overhead. Grab that favorite book of yours, check out the selections on this page from Fishpond

Whatever takes your fancy, Emerald Lake Park is a great place to visit for the perfect memorable fun family getaway.

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